2019 Colorado Youth of the Year Awards Ceremony
Please join us to celebrate Colorado's most impressive young leaders
Join us as we announce our 2019 Colorado Youth of the Year, Military Youth of the Year, and Champion of Youth Award Recipient.
Established in 1947, Youth of Year is the national Boys & Girls Clubs leadership program for teens. Since 2007, Boys & Girls Clubs in Colorado has recognized and honored the most inspirational teens and their incredible stories from across the state! Teens are celebrated for their service to their Club, community and family; academic success; and strong moral character. The teens selected will continue on to represent Colorado at the regional and the national competitions with the best and brightest from around the country.
2018 Youth of the Year Finalists
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
4:00 - 7:00pm
University of Colorado Denver Student Wellness Center
1355 12th Street
Denver, CO 80204
Attire: Colorado Business Professional
Featuring Guest Speakers:
Governor Jared Polis
Governor Jared Polis is an entrepreneur, environmentalist, public servant, and Colorado native. After launching several successful companies, including one out of his college dorm room, Polis is committed to making sure other Coloradans have the opportunity to pursue their dreams, and to protecting our Colorado way of life. Polis founded schools for at-risk students and new immigrants and started nonprofits to help veterans and entrepreneurs. Prior to serving as Governor, Polis served on the State Board of Education, where he worked to raise pay for teachers and reduce class size for students, and represented Colorado's 2nd Congressional district and rated the most effective member of the Colorado delegation.
Attorney General Phil Weiser (Key Note)
As the state's chief legal officer, Attorney General Weiser is committed to protecting the people of Colorado. Before running for office, Weiser served as the Hatfield Professor of Law and Dean of the Unversity of Colorado Law School, where he founded the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship and co-chaired the Colorado Innovation Council. Weiser served as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice and as Senior Advisor for Technology and Innovation in the Obama Administration's National Economic Council. The son and grandson of Holocaust survivors, Weiser is deeply committed to the American Dream and ensuring opportunity for all Coloradans. Weiser lives in Denver with his wife Dr. Heidi Wald, and their two children.
Colorado High School Activities Association Commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green and Associate Commissioner Tom Robinson
Photos and bios coming soon
2018 Boys & Girls Clubs of America National Youth of the Year Malachi Haynes
A 12-year member, Malachi credits the Club with helping him through rough patches and literally saving his life. He saw peers who stopped attending the Club go in the wrong direction, and is grateful for the positive alternatives the Club offered to spend time productively and staff who taught him to believe in himself. When he noticed young African-American males in his community consistently read two or three levels below their grade levels, Malachi created a Club program called “Double Trouble.” Each week, he and a friend identified five children to tutor. To secure participation, they promised the kids one hour of physical activity for each hour they dedicated to reading and studying. Every one of them improved their literacy level. Malachi was also a peer leader for the Play60 program, which inspires participants to engage in physical activity for at least 60 minutes a day, five days a week. Malachi is a freshman at Colorado State University where he is pursuing a career in kinesiology.
2018 Boys & Girls Clubs of Pueblo County Youth of the Year Brianna Martinez
Bio coming soon